Monday, December 4, 2017

Etching Scarf

A Free Tunisian Crochet Pattern



I have a Men's Pattern for you today.

Funny Story, I finished the scarf and it just screamed, "I need tassels!" I asked my husband, "Is this scarf still manly if I add tassels?" He gave an automatic "no." "Will you still model it for me if it has tassels?" From the pictures below you will see that the answer is yes. If your husband is like mine you can leave the tassels off and it will still look fetching. Or you can leave them on for yourself and pick one of the other great colors in the Scarfie yarn line.


The whole time I was making this scarf it made me think about when I was in art class and learning about shading with a pencil. All those etched lines across a paper to make your silhouettes stand out. For this drawing  scarf the shading is created with mitered squares and then they are shaded in with entrelac triangles. This scarf works up fast. I as able to finish it in 2 nights. Then there was another 2 nights for blocking. This is a very do-able project for a last minute Christmas gift. 



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Etching Scarf Pattern


Yarn: Lion Brand yarns: Scarfie Size 5/ bulky 78% acrylic, 22% wool 5.3 oz, 150g. 1 ball, color cream/black

Hook: K- 10.5 (6.5mm) (Even though this is Tunisian crochet all of your stitches will fit on a normal hook).
Notions: yarn needle to weave in your ends, hard back book to make your tassels.
Size: 80 by 5 inches (after blocking)
Gauge: each square is 4 by 4 before blocking. 6 TKS and 8 rows equals 2 inches
Special Stitches:
TKS: (Forward pass)working with the yarn behind your work, insert your hook between the vertical bars below the horizontal bars in the st below, yo, pull the yarn through, keep your loop on the hook.
(Return pass): follow instructions in the pattern.
Copyright:
Julia Schwartz. Do not reproduce, copy, distribute, or sell this pattern without permission of the designer. This pattern must not be translated, reproduced, or circulated in another language without prior consent. If you have questions about this pattern please contact me through e-mail.

Notes: You will make all of the squares first and then go back and add the triangles. If you would like to see pictures of my process of making mitered corners you can check out my tutorial in Mitered Corners Blanket.

Instructions: 

The Squares:

Row 1: (Forward pass) Ch 10, pull up a loop in each ch for a total of 10 loops
(return pass) yo, pull through 1 loop, ( yo, pull through 2 loops) Repeat (to) to the last loop.

Row 2:  (Forward pass) TKS for 8 sts.
(Return pass) yo, pull through 1 loop, ( yo, pull through 2 loops) Repeat (to) to the last loop.

Row 3: (forward pass) TKS for 7 sts.
(Return pass) yo, pull through 1 loop, ( yo, pull through 2 loops) Repeat (to) to the last loop.

Row 4: (Forward pass) TKS for 6 sts.
(Return pass) yo, pull through 1 loop, ( yo, pull through 2 loops) Repeat (to) to the last loop.

Row 5: (forward pass) TKS for 5 sts.
(Return pass) yo, pull through 1 loop, ( yo, pull through 2 loops) Repeat (to) to the last loop.

Row 6: (forward pass) TKS for 4 sts.
(Return pass) yo, pull through 1 loop, ( yo, pull through 2 loops) Repeat (to) to the last loop.

Row 7: (forward pass) TKS for 3 sts.
(Return pass) yo, pull through 1 loop, ( yo, pull through 2 loops) Repeat (to) to the last loop.

Row 8: (forward pass) TKS for 2 sts.
(Return pass) yo, pull through 1 loop,  (yo, pull through 2 loops) Repeat (to) to the last loop.

Row 9 - 11: (forward pass) TKS for 1 st.
(Return pass) yo, pull through 1 loop, yo, pull through 2 loops

Row 12: (forward pass) TKS for 1 st, TKS in sk st of row 8
(Return pass) yo, pull through 1 loop,  (yo, pull through 2 loops) Repeat (to) to the last loop.

Row 13: (forward pass) TKS for 2 sts, TKS in sk st of row 7
(Return pass) yo, pull through 1 loop, ( yo, pull through 2 loops) Repeat (to) to the last loop.

Row 14: (forward pass) TKS for 3 sts, TKS in sk st of row 6
(Return pass) yo, pull through 1 loop, ( yo, pull through 2 loops) Repeat (to) to the last loop.

Row 15: (forward pass) TKS for 4 sts, TKS in sk st of row 5
(Return pass) yo, pull through 1 loop, ( yo, pull through 2 loops) Repeat (to) to the last loop.

Row 16: (forward pass) TKS for 5 sts, TKS in sk st of row 4
(Return pass) yo, pull through 1 loop, ( yo, pull through 2 loops) Repeat (to) to the last loop.

Row 17: (forward pass) TKS for 6 sts, TKS in sk st of row 3
(Return pass) yo, pull through 1 loop, ( yo, pull through 2 loops) Repeat (to) to the last loop.

Row 18: (forward pass) TKS for 7 sts, TKS in sk st of row 2
(Return pass) yo, pull through 1 loop, ( yo, pull through 2 loops) Repeat (to) to the last loop.

Row 19: (forward pass) TKS for 8 sts, TKS in sk st of row 1
(Return pass) yo, pull through 1 loop, ( yo, pull through 2 loops) Repeat (to) to the last loop.

Row 20: Ch 1, turn sl st in the next 10 st up the side of the square to the opposite corner

Repeat row 1-20 for a total of 14 squares. 

At the end of square 14 do not make row 20. 

Do not Finish off. 

1st set of triangles:


Row 1: (Forward pass) pull up a loop in the next 9 st, pull up a loop from the next square (there will be 11 loops on the hook)
(return pass) (yo, pull through 2 loops) 8 times, yo, pull through 3 loops

Row 2: (Forward pass) sk 1 st, pull up a loop in the next 8 st, pull up a loop from the next square
(return pass) (yo, pull through 2 loops) 7 times, yo, pull through 3 loops

Row 3: (Forward pass) sk 1 st, pull up a loop in the next 7 st, pull up a loop from the next square
(return pass) (yo, pull through 2 loops) 6 times, yo, pull through 3 loops

Row 4: (Forward pass) sk 1 st, pull up a loop in the next 6 st, pull up a loop from the next square
(return pass) (yo, pull through 2 loops) 5 times, yo, pull through 3 loops

Row 5: (Forward pass) sk 1 st, pull up a loop in the next 5 st, pull up a loop from the next square
(return pass) (yo, pull through 2 loops) 4 times, yo, pull through 3 loops

Row 6: (Forward pass) sk 1 st, pull up a loop in the next 4 st, pull up a loop from the next square
(return pass) (yo, pull through 2 loops) 3 times, yo, pull through 3 loops

Row 7: (Forward pass) sk 1 st, pull up a loop in the next 3 st, pull up a loop from the next square
(return pass) (yo, pull through 2 loops) 2 times, yo, pull through 3 loops

Row 8:(Forward pass) sk 1 st, pull up a loop in the next 2 st, pull up a loop from the next square
(return pass) (yo, pull through 2 loops) 1 time, yo, pull through 3 loops

Row 9: (forward pass) sk 1 st, pull up a loop in the next st, pull up a loop from the next square
(return pass) Yo, pull through 3 loops

Row 10: (forward pass) pull up 1 loop
(return pass) yo, pull through 2 loops

Repeat rows 1-10 12 times

Finish off.

2nd set of Triangles


Rotate to the other side
Insert into the corner st with a sl st and repeat instructions of the 1st set of Triangles.

Weave in your ends and block to proper size.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

December 2017 Newsletter


This last month did not go exactly as planned. My Youngest got a bad cold in the middle of the month so that means I also got sick. I'm so thankful to be fully on the mend. I love that I'm able to stay home and snuggle with her on the days that she really needs it.

I have been working behind the scenes a lot getting my Christmas projects done for my family. I only have one main project left then I am done. Last month I really thought I was behind, but I have been knocking them out as fast as I can. There are 20 people that I need to find gifts for (including my daughters) on an extremely limited budget like $250 max. $20 dollars a month goes into our Christmas fund.  It is a fun challenge for me looking for good deals and fun things that my family will like. Quite a few of the things you have seen on the blog go to family as Christmas gifts. I think about them a lot when I am designing.


What Happened Last Month 


 Even with the off week I added four posts to the blog for November.

This month I did my first sponsored post. Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the review for Paperless Post. It was pretty nerve wracking to do something new on the blog. The other big news was that The Crochet and Knit Christmas tags had 207 unique downloads on Ravelry. 

Facebook growth: I gained 15 followers
Pinterest growth: I gained 43 followers
Instagram growth: I think I have lost followers. I'm still very lost on this platform, haha. But I love looking at all the pictures of the people that I follow.

My husband was weirded out that I even said anything about my revenue, so I will leave it at that I was able to pay the internet bill and I am able to send out Christmas cards this year because of Paperless Post.

What is Coming Up on the Blog

This is crochet!


Even though I didn't get to it I still plan on showing you how to use Couching on crochet. I have a Tunisian crochet scarf that I use mitered squares to make. I have been working on a new knit hat but I'm struggling with the decreases to bind it off, so I'm not sure if it will be ready for December. I also have some new dishcloths and a matching basket coming up.

My family and I will be making a trip down to the states to visit family. We are so exited to spend some time with all of our extended family. I've been trying to work ahead to be ready for the January CAL, that way I can spend as much time as I can with my family over the Christmas Break.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Paperless Post Review


This Post is Sponsored by Paperless Post. 
*I was compensated for trying out the website and for  my review. All opinions are mine.* 



I realize that this is not really Fiber Arts related. Bare with me while I share this company to you. I would not share anything that I did not think was worthwhile or that I would not think my readers would be interested in. Even though Paperless Post has nothing to do with yarn, it is a fantastic time saver. 

As creators,  I know that you put you heart and soul into all the projects you make. Your love language is probably acts of service and gift giving. You want to put your personal touch in everything you do. I know because I am a creator too. 

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These cards are paperless, meaning that they come in e-mail form. I personally love this. Being in Canada and all of my family being in the US, sometimes  it's hard staying in touch.  Sending personal touches across the border does not happen very often because of the hefty shipping costs. 

Canada Post is also not known for being a great mail service. Two years ago I received a Christmas card in March. The sender was a half hour drive from my house. I love that I can send a super personal card through e-mail and I know they are going to get the card when I want them to get it. 

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